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Stamford Woman Charged with Embezzling $430K from Grandmother

Police said the funds were allegedly being used to operate a chiropractic spa business, among other things.

A 35-year-old Stamford woman has been arrested on charges that she embezzled close to $500,000 from her grandmother before his passing, Stamford Police Sgt. Pete DiSpagna announced Friday.

Heather K. Gansel, of Hope St., was accused of systematically embezzling $439,000 from her grandmother during a period when she held Power of Attorney and had access to several of her grandmother's bank accounts, DiSpagna said.

The initial complaint was filed in August by Gansel's uncle after he attempted to write a check using one of the accounts and it was discovered the account was empty.

Stamford Police Investigator Jeffrey Booth began looking into the case and reportedly discovered money being withdrawn from several of the accounts between April 2011 and August of 2012.

DiSpagna said Gansel was a chiropractor and was allegedly using the funds for personal use and for a spa business she ran.

Gansel was charged with first-degree larceny. She is being held on a $50,000 bond and has a court date of December 13, 2012.

AFriend December 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You could have read the number of other sources who published this story before you and been informed that in fact it was Heather's grandmother, not her grandfather, who she stole the money from. Fix your story.
SheriLady54 December 02, 2012 at 03:21 AM
AFriend, That is an interesting observation that falsifies the entire article!! It leads you to wonder, how many other facts have they got wrong?
ARangers December 02, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What is the point? She is a crook and a thief!!
The Grinch December 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
SheriLady54 has taken quite the interest in this story. Maybe you're the girlfriend who is driving around in a BMW X-5 that was paid for with Marietta's money. Better get a bus pass.
SheriLady54 December 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
That actually made me giggle out loud! I assure you that if I was a friend of the accused, my prior comment would have been one hundred times more critical! As for the car, that allegation could very easily be proven in court. I'd be careful to make such allegations on this site; however. That could very easily put you behind bars too! Thanks for providing my daily dose of comic relief Mr. Grinch!

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